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Pictured are, from left: Ralph Rounds, Forty & Eight Chef De Gare; Morgan Hofstetter, Illini Girls State attendee; Diane Rounds, American Legion Auxiliary President.

From left, brothers Joe Cooke and Chris Cooke, as well as their friend Jason Rogers are on a cross-country trek to greater personal fitness, while also promoting healthy lifestyles.

Altamont resident Nick Klitzing, Executive Director of the Illinois Republican Party met with United States Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) in Washington recently.

Rustic Chic boutique opened recently in Atlamont. Co-owners Barb Williams and Casie Bowman aim to offer trendy clothing styles not available in area stores.

Dale Laue competes in the antique tractor pull at the Millroad Threshermans Association on Sunday, July 26 afternoon. In addition, the event also featured truck, tractor, and horse pulls.


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Altamont Garden Club announces Fall Festival plans Print E-mail
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Monday, 31 August 2015 13:55

The Altamont Garden Club will be sponsoring the 5th Annual Fall Festival on Sept.. 12 at Schmidt Park from 11:30a.m.-4 p.m. The garden club will be selling pork burgers, brats and sauerkraut, hot dogs, chips and drinks starting at 11:30. For dessert, check out all the fresh baked goods at the bake sale stand.

Check out the Sept. 1 issue of the Altamont News for more info!


St. Elmo Labor Day Weekend Events Print E-mail
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Monday, 31 August 2015 14:00

Saturday, September 5

8 a.m. - 5K Run/Walk

8 a.m. - City Wide Garage Sales

8 a.m. - Farmers Market (on Bank Lot) Flea Market, Crafts, Food

4 p.m. - Pet Parade (line up at 6th Place by Bradford Supply)

6-9 p.m. - Cruise in and dance with DJ at Main and 5th Streets in case of rain high school

9 p.m. - Fireworks (at Tower Lake); rain date: Sunday at 1 p.m.

Sunday, August 31

6 p.m. - Gospel band “Water to Wine” at St. Elmo

Christian Church.

Monday, September 1

Pony rides all day

6-9:30 a.m. - Pancake breakfast at the firehouse

9 a.m. - Concession stands, flea markets, booths open. Pony rides all day.

10:30 a.m. - Parade begins. Line up at high school at 9 a.m. south on Walnut, east on Second, north on Main and turn east on Fourth. Parade ends at bank. $2 early entry fee. $5 entry fee day of parade

12-6 p.m. - Dunking booth and inflatable

12:30 p.m. - Parade winners will be announced at 5th and Main St.

1-5 p.m. - Bingo at the corner of 5th and Main St., sponsored by SEBA

5 p.m. - St. Elmo Lion’s Cakewalk

6:15 p.m. Announcement of Citizen of the Year

6:30-9:30 p.m. - Straight Lace Band at 5th and Main St.

8 p.m. - SEBA 50/50 drawing will be held. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. Need not be present to win. Gun raffle drawing (or $500 cash) $10 each

Parade sponsored by the St. Elmo Lions Club. Proceeds go to their scholarship fund. Sponsored by the St. Elmo business association in cooperation with the city of St. Elmo.

Camp earns Illinois 4-H Hall of Fame induction Print E-mail
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Monday, 24 August 2015 12:13

The Illinois 4-H Foundation has inducted Lori Camp, of Altamont, into the organization’s hall of fame. The 4-H Foundation annually recognizes one 4-H volunteer per county for exemplary service to the Illinois 4-H program as a Hall of Fame winner. This year, more than 800 supporters watched the induction of 70 new members into the Illinois 4-H Hall of Fame, the largest inductee class to date.

This year celebrated the 11-year anniversary of the award, said Angie Barnard, director of the Illinois 4-H Foundation. The ceremony was held Saturday, Aug. 15 on the Director of Agriculture’s lawn on the Illinois State Fairgrounds. Ag Director Phil Nelson is a 4-H supporter and was last year’s Illinois 4-H Foundation Alumni Award winner.

Rotund Challenge brings three walkers through Altamont and St. Elmo Print E-mail
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Monday, 31 August 2015 13:54

Beginning their 2700-mile journey from western New York to southern California, the trio recently walked along Rt. 40 through Altamont and St. Elmo.

Chris and Jason are fighting to lose weight, while Joe has his own reasons for undertaking the challenge.

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St. Elmo kiosk: A historic storyboard Print E-mail
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Monday, 24 August 2015 12:11


The Historic National Road Association of Illinois has placed 20 attractive, commemorative kiosks in 19 communities along the National Road, also known as U.S. Route 40—all containing different stories interesting historical information about the villages and towns, and the road... and Fayette County has three of them: St. Elmo, Brownstown, and Vandalia.

The kiosks are attractive additions to the roadside, and each one is different as it is a tribute to, and tells a story about, the town or village in which it is located.

All are placed along next to the road, and are easily accessible, whether on foot or by a vehicle.

All of these kiosks, also known as storyboards, have a blue, informational patch on the right end, as well as the symbol of the Historic National Road, which ties them all together as part of the National Road.

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